20 May, 2017
Earlier this year, it was reported that Sony was moving ahead with its Spider-Man spinoff focusing on the alien parasite Venom. Fleischer, who also directed Warner Bros.' Gangster Squad, is repped by CAA and Management 360. The character appeared in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, where he was played by Topher Grace. Hardy is reportedly a huge fan of the comic book character. Sony Pictures Animation, meanwhile, is delivering a non-MCU animated Spider-Man movie on December 14, 2018, just two months after the new Venom movie release date. In addition to Hardy being revealed as the film's star, it's also been confirmed that Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will come on board to direct the highly anticipated film.
This won't be Hardy's first time playing an iconic comic book venom. Those qualities, paired with #RubenFleischer's directing talent, makes the Venom film one incredibly exciting addition to the ever-growing superhero movie genre.
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For those who don't know, Venom is one of the most popular villains/antiheroes in Marvel comics. When Spider-Man's costume was damaged in a fight, he discovered a odd black orb that spread over his body and gave him a new costume. The script was written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). That will be plenty of DC action to watch before "Venom" hits theaters, and that's not even including "Justice League" this November, or "Aquaman" in 2018. No one knows if these villain films will crossover, or just tell one-off comic book stories; what is nearly certain, however, is that Spider-Man won't be part of them.